Favourable weather conditions and recent rain has led to the early revocation of the bushfire danger period in Lismore, Kyogle and Richmond Valley local government areas.
Northern Rivers Rural Fire Service Superintendent Michael Brett said a formal request was made to the Commissioner to vary the Bush Fire Danger Period due to the easing of the Bushfire danger across much of the Northern Rivers Zone.
“The request has been approved which will see the early end of the statutory bush fire danger period in local government council areas from Saturday February 27 until March 31, 2016,” Supt Brett said.
“Permits to light a fire will no longer be required in each of these local government areas from midnight Friday February 26, however any landholder considering lighting fires in the open are still required to formally give 24 hours notice to adjoining neighbours and the Rural Fire Service (RFS).
“Landholders are also responsible to ensure that any burning undertaken complies with any relevant legislative requirement to comply or obtain further environmental, Hazard Reduction Certificate or other approvals with the burning they are conducting.
“Obviously any breaches of these requirements may result in the Rural Fire Service or other authorities taking formal action.”
The revocation does not affect bushfire danger periods in the Ballina, Byron Bay and Tweed Heads local government areas, which are still effective.
Supt Brett said by revoking the Bush Fire Danger Period early, RFS brigades are afforded the opportunity to take a break from issuing Permits to burn and further take some much needed time out prior to the commencement of the next fire season which generally arrives in the Northern Rivers in July and early August.
Information about undertaking burning operations safely can be found at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.